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Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication$
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Doreen Kimura

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195054927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195054927.001.0001

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(p.174) Conclusion
Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication

Doreen Kimura

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a synthesis of the discussions in the preceding chapters. The main conclusion is that the left cerebral hemisphere, in comparison with the right, is specialized for motor selection of both the oral and manual musculature. This is particularly true of movements specifiable within intrapersonal space, and it holds whether the movements to be programmed are components of a communication system or not. A consequent theme throughout is that human communication has been influenced by the characteristics of the motor programming systems that control the relevant oral and manual musculature. Lateralization of function in the brain, manual apraxia, visuoconstructional disorders, disorders in manual sign language, and sex differences in functional brain organization are discussed.

Keywords:   brain, left hemisphere, right hemisphere, motor selection, human communication

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